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Digitizing working group

 
This working group identifies and pursues opportunities to digitize as many aspects of the COVID-19 evidence synthesis response as possible to facilitate coordination and capture efficiencies

Terms of reference

  1. Identify (with the help of other working groups) and document the key barriers for different actors in the evidence synthesis ecosystem, determine whether and how these barriers can be addressed by digital solutions, and prioritize work on digital solutions that would add the most value
  2. Document digital solutions (existing and in development) that can make information retrieval, curation, processing, generating and publishing more efficient
    1. What is going on (people, projects, portals and systems), and in the case of portals this includes the following details:
      1. API
      2. Other export possibilities (e.g., CSV, Excel, RIS)
      3. Type of study ID used to identify unique records (e.g., medRxiv, NCTID, PMID, local ID)
      4. Standardized terminologies used to describe or categorize content (e.g., ACT, ICD-10, MedDRA, MeSH, RxNorm, SNOMED CT)
    2. Standards (including standardized terminologies), tips and tools available to optimize digital solutions
  3. Add the portals to COVID-END’s guide to COVID-19 evidence sources (if any are not listed now), the standardized terminologies to the COVID-END taxonomy, and the digitization tips and tools to ‘tips and tools’ part of the COVID-END website
  4. Identify gaps in digital solutions and standards (to spur their development or funding to support development) and describe work underway on digital solutions and standards (to spur collaboration)
  5. Prioritize key gaps in standards that should be addressed as soon as possible and describe what could be done better or more efficiently if the evidence synthesis ecosystem had more such standards in place (to spur their implementation or funding to support implementation)

Participants

  1. Chris Mavergames, Cochrane Collaboration, Germany (co-chair)
  2. Linn Brandt, Magic Evidence Ecosystem Foundation, Norway (co-chair)
  3. Alfonso Iorio, McMaster University, Canada
  4. Brian Alper, EBSCO, United States
  5. Gabriel Rada, Epistemonikos, Chile
  6. Gunn Vist, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Norway
  7. James Thomas, EPPI Centre, UK
  8. Jerry Osheroff, ACTS, U.S.A.
  9. Jon Brassey, TRIP database, UK
  10. Julian Elliott, Cochrane Australia, Australia
  11. Lesley Stewart, Centre for Research and Dissemination, PROSPERO (University of York), UK
  12. Tamara Navarro, McMaster University, Canada
  13. Secretariat: Kaelan Moat, and Safa Al-Khateeb, McMaster Health Forum | RISE, Canada; David Tovey, COVID-END Secretariat; and Anna Dion, Ottawa, Hospital Research Institute | RISE and COVID-END Secretariat, Canada

Meeting documents

Meeting date Documents
July 24, 2020
  1. Agenda
  2. Improve my RIS
  3. User cases
  4. Synthesizing algorithm
  5. Notes
July 17, 2020
  1. Agenda
  2. Synthesizing algorithm
  3. Notes
July 10, 2020
  1. Agenda
  2. Synthesizing algorithm
  3. Notes
June 26, 2020
  1. Agenda
  2. Notes
June 19, 2020
  1. Agenda
  2. Notes
June 12, 2020
  1. Agenda
  2. Update presentation
  3. Notes
June 5, 2020 
  1. Agenda
  2. Notes
May 29, 2020 
  1. Agenda
  2. Notes
May 22, 2020
  1. Agenda
  2. Notes
May 15, 2020
  1. Agenda
  2. Notes
May 8, 2020
  1. Agenda
 April 30, 2020
  1. Agenda
  2. Notes

Use the interactive flow diagram to find resources for researchers considering and conducting COVID-19 evidence syntheses.